Nicholas Miller of Miller Family Wine Company Named 2022 Wine Director of the Year by Wine Enthusiast

October 12 – Santa Maria, Calif. – Miller Family Wine Company is pleased to announce that Nicholas Miller has been named the 2022 Wine Executive of the Year in Wine Enthusiast’s annual Wine Star Awards.

Now in its 23rd year, the first Wine Enthusiast Award is one of the most prestigious recognitions in the global wine industry, honoring people, companies and regions that make outstanding contributions to the world of wine and beverages. . With nominations made in 15 different categories, Nicholas Miller of Miller Family Wine Company was one of six people from around the world to be nominated for Wine Executive of the Year. Today Wine Enthusiast announced that Nicholas Miller has been named 2022 Wine Manager of the Year, recognized for his leadership, vision and involvement in both the family business and the Central Coast wine community. .

As Director of Sales and Marketing and Executive Vice President of Miller Family Wine Company, Miller brought innovation, growth and strategic planning to his family’s multi-generational business, guiding the company through recent acquisitions, partnerships exclusives and exciting new brand launches. These significant contributions include co-overseeing the acquisition of BNA Wine Group’s wine collection, including the famous Butternut brand, which helped the organization establish itself more firmly in the grocery chain, as well as its efforts to cement the partnership with Scout & Cellar launches its first wholesale offering, Scout Wild. Miller has also been instrumental in launching new brands such as optik, established with esteemed winemaker Joey Tensley; Hand on Heart, a non-alcoholic wine collaboration with Iron Chef Cat Cora breaking new ground in the ABV-free wine space; and Reciprocity, a recently launched label featuring wines sourced exclusively from France’s Camp vineyard, organic and sustainably grown in Paso Robles, which represents the company’s key expansion into organic wine. Additionally, Miller has co-developed an all-new visitor center at the famed Bien Nacido Vineyards, set to debut in the spring of 2023, coinciding with the vineyard’s 50th anniversary.

Miller has also maintained an active role in the Central Coast wine community, serving as a current board member of the Santa Barbara Vintners Association and The Wine Institute, while continuing to advocate for both Santa County Barbara and Paso Robles as world class. wine regions.

“What a tremendous honor to be chosen by Wine Enthusiast for this globally recognized award,” says Miller. “It has been a privilege to be part of the next generation at the helm of my family business, and I am honored to have been honored for my contributions. This incredible award may be associated with my name, but it represents so much more. than me, because it is ultimately about recognition for our entire business and for the Central Coast wine region. Every day, I am inspired both professionally and personally by the people with whom I work and by the wine community of which I am a part, and I will be eternally indebted to them.

“I have known Nick since I started my career in the wine industry,” says Daniel J. Daou, winemaker and owner of DAOU Vineyards. “He struck me as a visionary who had the passion, drive, know-how and leadership skills to drive his company to the top. His track record speaks for itself and I am happy to call him a friend. .

“I’ve known Nicholas for 20 years now, and it feels like he was just a kid yesterday,” shares Jon Newlon, vice president of Southern Glazer’s Wines & Spirits, GM Signature Wines & Spirits California. “What he has achieved in his personal life is amazing, and what he has built and created in his business is even more amazing. To be recognized as Wine Executive of the Year is such a huge honor and accomplishment, and I couldn’t be prouder of it.

“I was thrilled to learn that Nicholas won the Wine Star Award for Wine Executive of the Year,” says Alison Laslett, CEO of the Santa Barbara Vintners Association. “He’s been on my board for several years now, and I see others in our wine industry looking to him for his leadership and insight. With such a long family legacy, he brings a perspective we can all learn from. Nicholas deserves all the accolades that come his way and we are so lucky to have him in our area.

Winners of the 2022 Wine Star Awards will appear in the December issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine and will be honored at the annual Black Tie Gala, to be held Monday, January 30, 2023 at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, CA.

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Miller Family Wine Company is a division of Thornhill Companies, the industry-leading umbrella brand of one of California’s premier wine families, the Miller Family, which has operated California’s central coast for five generations. Miller Family Wine Company includes the prestigious Bien Nacido Estate and Solomon Hills Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley AVA, acclaimed national brand wine labels such as Butternut, J. Wilkes, optik, Ballard Lane, Smashberry, Barrel Burner, Volunteer, Hand on Heart and Reciprocity Wines, in addition to controlling label brands for top retailers across the United States and the French Camp Winery in Paso Robles. For more information about Miller Family Wine Company, please visit

Shirley M. Pinder